Pretermitted Heir Definition

An heir who was born after a decedent’s will was drafted, but before the death of same. Because that heir was not alive for and is as a result unmentioned by the will, she generally would take nothing under the will; however, most states have laws allowing a pretermitted heir of the decedent to take whatever a child’s share would have been had the decedent died intestate.
Webster's New World Law

(law) A person who would likely stand to inherit under a will, except that the testator did not know of the party or of the relationship at the time the will was written.


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